NFL Thursday Night Football Betting Preview: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 8:25 pm Eastern, TV: NFL Network
Levis Stadium – Santa Clara, California
Opening Line: Los Angeles -3 (-105)
Current Line: Los Angeles -2 (-115)
Opening Total: 42
Current Total: 40
Opening Money Line: Rams -130 / 49ers +110
Current Money Line: Rams -130 / 49ers +110

The Rams and 49ers renew their rivalry Thursday night in Santa Clara.

The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers renew their rivalry Thursday night in Santa Clara. The 49ers lead the series 68-64-3 against the Rams. San Francisco has won three straight games against the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers won at home 28-0 and in LA 22-21 on Christmas Eve last year. These two teams have been play each other since 1950.

Los Angeles is 1-1 this season under first year coach Sean McVay. The Rams opened the season with a 46-9 thrashing of the Indianapolis Colts at home but lost last week at home 27-20 to the Washington Redskins. The Rams rallied from deficits of 13-0 and 20-10 to tie it up at 20 midway through the fourth. However, Washington scored with just under two minutes left to take a seven point lead. The Rams took over on their own 28 but an interception on the first play of that drive ended any hopes for LA. The Rams were 3 point favorites against the Redskins and the total was 46.5. Los Angeles is 1-1 ATS and the total is 2-0 this season.

San Francisco is coached by Kyle Shanahan, also in his first season. The 49ers are still looking for their first win of the season. San Francisco lost at home to the Carolina Panthers 23-3 and last week at the Seattle Seahawks 12-9. The 49ers led 9-6 in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks but Seattle scored with 7:06 left to take a 12-9 lead. Seattle would miss the extra point. San Francisco went three and out on the next drive and would never touch the ball again. The 49ers are 1-1 ATS and both games went under the total. Seattle was a 13.5 point favorite and the total was 42.

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Los Angeles is outscoring teamsĀ  33-18 this season. LA is #5 in scoring and #10 in points allowed. The Rams average 353 yards per game on offense including 275 passing and 78 rushing yards per game. LA is #8 or worse in passing. On defense, the Rams allow 305 yards per game including 153 passing and 152 rushing yards. The Rams are #3 in pass defense, but #30 against the run. LA is 11/27 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 5/24. The Rams have forced 6 sacks and allowed 3 this season. Los Angeles is even in turnovers and has scored 2 defensive touchdowns.

Quarterback Jared Goff has completed 66.7% of his passes for 530 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception.

Running back Todd Gurley has 35 carries for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with 8 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. Malcolm Brown will also get some carries and has a rushing touchdown. He is questionable with

Tight end Gerald Everett has 4 catches for 134 yards. He is questionable with a thigh injury. Receiver Cooper Kupp has 7 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Sammy Watkins has 7 catches for 88 yards. Robert Woods has 4 catches for 61 yards.

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San Francisco is being outscored 18-6 this season. The 49ers are #30 in scoring and #9 in points allowed. The 49ers average 233 yards per game on offense including 128 passing and 105 rushing. The 49ers are last in total offense and #31 in passing. San Francisco is allowing 300 total yards per game including 176 passing and 124 rushing yards per game. The 49ers are in the top ten in total and passing defense. San Francisco is 5/27 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 16/33. The 49ers have allowed 6 sacks and forced 3 this season. San Francisco is -1 in turnovers.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer has completed 62.9% of his passes for 292 yards with 2 interceptions. He has yet to throw a touchdown pass and has been sacked six times.

Running back Carlos Hyde has 24 carries for 169 yards, plus 9 catches for 51 yards. Matt Breida has 8 catches for 46 yards.

Receiver Pierre Garcon has 9 catches for 107 yards. Marquise Goodwin has 6 catches for 47 yards. Tight end George Kittle has 7 catches for 40 yards. He is questionable with a hip injury. Eleven defensive players are listed on the injury report.

The Los Angeles Rams had scored five offensive touchdowns this season. That is one more than the other three teams in the NFC West combined. The 49ers have yet to score a touchdown this season with four field goals. I think the Rams win on the road because they at least have a competent offense.

Los Angeles is 16-36-1 ATS in September, 2-5 against NFC West teams, 2-6 in Thursday games, 1-3-1 against teams with losing home records, 1-4 in road games, 1-5 in week three, 1-5-1 after allowing more than 150 rushing yards, 1-6 after a straight up loss and after allowing 350 total yards or more, 1-6-1 on grass, 1-8-1 after failing to cover, 1-8 overall, 0-4 against teams with losing records, and 0-8-1 against NFC teams. The under is 4-1 overall in this series and the last four games in San Francisco between the teams have gone under.

San Francisco is 4-0 ATS against NFC West teams, 4-9 against NFC teams and on grass, 5-12 overall, 4-10 after a straight up loss, 2-5 in September, 1-4 after a cover, 1-6 in Thursday games, 1-7 at home, 1-10 after passing for less than 150 yards, 0-5 in week three and after rushing for 150 yards, and 0-4 after allowing 15 points or less. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in this series recently. The 49ers are 6-2 ATS overall against the Rams and 11-5 ATS at home in the series.

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